What Happens If You Leave The Scene Of An Accident?
A truck driver who is convicted of any charge of leaving the scene of an accident will be subject to a ONE YEAR DISQUALIFICATION of their commercial drivers license (CDL).
Pennsylvania citations that will lead to a one-year disqualification of a trucker’s CDL include:
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death or Personal Injury
75 Pa.C.S.A. Section 3742
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Damage to an Attended Vehicle
75 Pa.C.S.A. Section 3743
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Damage to an Unattended Vehicle or Property
75 Pa.C.S.A. Section 3745
It Doesn’t Matter If It Was Damage To Property Only
If you are deemed to have failed to report an “accident” you will face the loss of your CDL and your livelihood. In fact, these are considered “major violations” under Pennsylvania’s implementation of the Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act and two major violations will result in a LIFETIME DISQUALIFICATION of your CDL. Other major violations include:
- Driving under the influence – even a first offense where ARD is the outcome
- Driving while your CDL is disqualified, suspended or recalled
- Driving while you or the vehicle has been ordered out of service
- Driving while your regular driving privilege is suspended or recalled
We have represented drivers in many “failure to make accident report” situations; some examples include:
- A claim that our driver’s trailer hit a car on the highway and didn’t stop
- A turn around by the truck in a cul-de-sac causing lawn damage
- Damage to a parking meter from a trailer pulling out
In some of these situations the driver mistakenly paid the citation before checking with the truck driver defense attorneys at Joyce & Bittner and were given one-year disqualifications – our attorneys appealed the citations and had the CDLs restored!